Vali nasrs book the shia revival how conflicts within islam will shape the future is an excellent introduction into the history of the middle east conflicts the biggest drawback to purchasing this book is that it was clearly written in 2005 and published in 2006 so it is grossly out of date. The critical struggle between shia and sunni for the future of the middle east to most western eyes all islamic movements look alike and the central conflict in the middle east is one between religion and secularism. How conflicts within islam will shape the future by vali nasr w w norton company 2007 287 pp the reality that will shape the future of the middle east is the shia revival and sunni shia sectarian conflict is impossible without an understanding of the political history of the. In his book the shia revival how conflicts within islam will shape the future 2006 vali nasr addresses an issue that is gaining increased importance in the contemporary coverage of global islam sunni shia relations vali nasr is a widely respected scholar who claims expertise in multiple fields that pertain to middle eastern and south . The show continues their series todays 101 with help from vali nasr author of the shia revival how conflicts within islam will shape the future
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